Notorious former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio running for U.S. Senate

Notorious former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio running for U.S. Senate
From CBC - January 9, 2018

Joe Arpaio, the criminally convicted Arizona sheriff whose approach to immigration and prison administration was widely criticized and legally contentious, announced on Tuesday he is running for the U.S. Senate.

The Washington Examiner first reported the candidacy, citing an interview with Arpaio, and the former lawman confirmed it on his social media account.

Arpaio said on Twitter he would be "unwavering" in his support of the agenda of Donald Trump, who issued a controversial pardon on his behalf last year.

Arpaio, who turns 86 in June, will try to fill the seat left by Jeff Flake. The Republican Flake has criticized Trump's brand of politics in his final months in office.

I am running for the U.S. Senate from the Great State of Arizona, for one unwavering reason: to support the agenda and policies of President Donald Trump in his mission to Make America Great Again.


The self-proclaimed "America's Toughest Sheriff" was first elected as Maricopa County Sheriff in 1993 and served six terms despite being a lightning rod for critics. He was defeated on the same day that saw Trump elected president.

Arpaio, who campaigned for Trump in 2016, was convicted onJuly 31 of last year. A judge ruled he hadwillfully violated a 2011 injunction barring his officers fromstopping and detaining Latino motorists solely on suspicion thatthey were in the country illegally.

He faced time in jail, but Trump just days later issued a pardon. The president said the prosecution was politically motivated.

"Sheriff Joe is a patriot," Trump said when asked about the pardon. "Sheriff Joe loves our country. Sheriff Joe protected our borders."

The pardon was criticized in D.C. and Arizona.

"Pardoning Joe Arpaio is a slap in the face to the people of Maricopa County, especially the Latino community and those he victimized as he systematically and illegally violated their civil rights," Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said at the time.

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